Jannelle Legg

Jannelle Legg

Jannelle Legg

U.S. history: deaf history, disability history, religious history, digital history

Jannelle Legg is a PhD candidate studying United States history with a focus on Deaf religious history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She received dual MA degrees in Deaf History and Deaf Cultural Studies from Gallaudet University in 2011. She was a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media 2013-2015. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “‘With Eloquent Fingers He Preached:’ the Episcopal Mission to the Deaf” and will examine the emergence of deaf forms of religious expression between 1873 and 1943.

Selected Publications

“‘Unchurched, Unchampioned and Undone;’ The St. Ann’s Church Controversy,” in In Our Own Hands, Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970, eds. Joseph Murray and Brian Greenwald, Gallaudet University Press, 2016.

“Writing Resistance: Edwin A. Hodgson and the Controversy at St. Ann’s,” in Telling Deaf Lives; Agents of Change, Gallaudet University Press, 2014.

“Sound and (Not) Belonging: The Role of Sound and Silence in Shaping CODA Experience,” Proceedings of the Deaf Studies Today! Conference, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, 2012 (Utah Valley University)

Grants and Fellowships

Louise and Rudolf Fishel New Media Fellowship, 2015-2016

Historical Society of the Episcopal Church Research Grant, Fall 2015

Digital History Fellowship, 2013-2015


Masters of Arts, Deaf History, Gallaudet University, 2011

Masters of Arts, Deaf Cultural Studies, Gallaudet University, 2011

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Iowa 2007

Recent Presentations

Written Resistance: Alice T. Terry and Edwin A. Hodgson, April 2014. With Kati Morton at the Deaf Studies Today! Conference, Utah Valley University.

DeafActivism: A Historical Examination of Deaf People and Oppression, November 2012. Keynote at Oppression: the Power of Subtlety Conference, Utah Valley University. 

Writing Resistance: Edwin A. Hodgson and the Controversy at St. Ann’s, July 2012. Presented at the Deaf History International Conference, Toronto, Canada.